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International Institute will hold New Citizens Day Sunday

Politicians and new citizens will join the International Institute of Buffalo in reviving a tradition: Sunday is New Citizens Day.

From noon to 4 p.m. all who have taken the oath of American citizenship within the past 15 years are invited to a free gathering at the institute, 864 Delaware Ave. The institute,which has served immigrants and refugees since 1918, will restore a tradition from 1932 called “New Citizens Day.”

Speakers include Mayor Byron Brown, County Clerk Chris Jacobs, Rep. Brian Higgins and County Executive Mark Poloncarz. Bishnu Adhikari will also talk about his experience gaining citizenship.

The International Institute, which helps refugees and immigrants become part of the community, worked with people from Burma, Bhutan, Eritra, Iran, Iraq, Somalia and Sudan last year.